British Prime Minister Johnson meets Zelenskyy in Kyiv

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv and pledged additional military assistance.

Johnson made the visit without notice to the media on Saturday. Zelenskyy greeted him in English.

The British Prime Minister‘s Office said Johnson had put in place a new military assistance of 120 armored vehicles and new anti-ship missile systems.

That’s on top of about $130 million in military support announced by Johnson on Friday.

In a video message released after the meeting, Johnson described what Russian President Vladimir Putin did in places like Bucha and Irpin as war crimes.

He said the withdrawal of Russian forces was tactical and that Putin would now step up pressure in the Donbass and in the east.

Zelenskyy expressed his gratitude for the support from the UK. He also urged Britain and other countries to step up sanctions against Russia and completely ban energy imports from Russia.

Johnson walked around town with Zelenskyy and told those he met on the streets that Britain would stand with the Ukrainian people.

His visit is seen as a show of solidarity with Ukraine after a similar visit by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Friday.